Bimblebox 153 Birds at Gympie

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Sandra Ross of Gympie Regional Gallery introduces Jill Sampson to talk about Bimblebox 153 Birds, photo Jennifer Eurell.

Bimblebox 153 Birds is currently installed at the Gympie Regional Gallery

from 9 August – 3 September

The official opening was on Saturday 13 August, 2016 and preceding the opening I gave a curators talk about Bimblebox 153 Birds.

Bimblebox 153 Birds fits beautifully into the Hugo du Rietz room at the Gympie Regional Gallery.  It is tremendous to see the birds flow throughout the room, encircling all visitors.  The intimacy of this gallery enhances the experience of the poetry, prose and musicians bird calls playing into the room.

Everyone in Australia has a relationship with birds.  Whether it is through a window or as hair raising as being dive bombed by a magpie.  Often we can tell immediately which bird it is by its shape & movement in flight.  We live with their calls through each day and night, learning to recognise the sounds for snake, community, feeding, juveniles and territorial song.  We tell stories about them, we build relationships with them.  Our connections with 153 different species of  birds are explored through Bimblebox 153 Birds.   What they look like, their movement, their calls and the stories of our relationships with them, our connections are explored by artists, writers and musicians.  People respond to Bimblebox 153 Birds and many exclaim how beautiful it is.

And yet Bimblebox 153 Birds exists because we are at risk of losing these birds through habitat destruction.   Do we want to live in a world without these birds?  Do we want to lose the Bimblebox Nature Refuge to the expansion of thermal coal, especially when we know burning coal threatens our own future?

It was fabulous to be joined by four of the 153 artists who have contributed to Bimblebox 153 birds:  Jennifer Rogers, Jennifer Eurell, Neville Field and Cholena Drew-Hughes.  Jennifer Rogers and Jennifer Eurell both spoke about their bird prints.  Each conveyed to the audience their creative journey from getting to know their bird to the development of their artwork.

One of the 153 contributing writers, Maureen Cooper has been an active and constant support  of the Bimblebox Art Project and has a long and close association with the Bimblebox Nature Refuge.  This was Maureen’s first experience of Bimblebox 153 Birds and I am pleased to say she loves it!

My talk finished with a reading of Peter Shepherd’s prose about the Wandering Whistling Duck, his words echoing into that moment of silence, the silence extended by his final word:  “listen”

Afterwards many people wanted to talk further about the artworks or of Bimblebox and some told their own bird stories.  The conversation continued.  And the conversation must be spreading because I have been hearing that Bimblebox 153 Birds is having many visitors, many of these visitors travelling distances to be with the birds of Bimblebox.

Jill Sampson

Bimblebox 153 Birds is a unique installation of artist prints, poetry, prose and musician’s birdcalls. Inspired by the birdlife of the Bimblebox Nature Refuge in Queensland’s Galilee Basin this exhibition brings together the creative contributions of over 440 artists, writers and musicians worldwide. The Bimblebox Nature Refuge is threatened by a massive coal mine.

Curated by Jill Sampson, audio compilation and mixing by Boyd.

Until 3 September @ Gympie Regional Gallery, 39 Nash Street, Gympie, Qld

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Jill Sampson talking about the Bimblebox Nature Refuge and how Bimblebox 153 Birds came into being, photo Erin Sullivan.

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Frazer Coast artist Jennifer Rogers shows her engraved wooden block from which she printed her Little Button Quail for Bimblebox 153 Birds. Everyone enjoyed hearing Jenny talk about this tiny bird as well as the development and technique of her artwork, photo Erin Sullivan

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Sunshine Coast artist Jennifer Eurell spoke about her search for the Straw-necked Ibis. Looking for this bird on her travels in Queensland she was happily surprised to find it in her own backyard when she returned home! photo courtesy of Jennifer Eurell.

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Jennifer Eurell with her Straw-necked Ibis, hand coloured lino print, photo Erin Sullivan.

 The Wandering Whistling Duck, Writer Peter Shepherd, Musician Markus Kuchenbuch, flute in C.

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Bimblebox 153 Birds at Gympie Regional Gallery

 

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Maureen Cooper – Birdo (first one to sight the endangered Black-throated Finches at Bimblebox), the inaugural Bimblebox Art Camp cook (2012), and contributing writer, checks out Bimblebox 153 Birds for the first time. I’m pleased to report that she loves it!

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Bimblebox 153 Birds at Gympie Regional Gallery

"Bustard on the Road to Bimblebox" 2014 edition of 6, for Bimblebox 153 Birds

Featured image on title page:  Australian Bustard on the Road to Bimblebox, 2014, Alison Clouston

 

Thank you to the artists, writers and musicians who have contributed to Bimblebox 153 Birds.

You can find the artists here,  the writers here, the musicians here.

Here you can view an earlier installation of Bimblebox 153 Birds and  listen to some of the poetry and prose.

One response to “Bimblebox 153 Birds at Gympie

  1. That looks great, Jill. Well done.

    Sue

    On Sunday, 21 August 2016, Bimblebox Art Project wrote:

    > bimbleboxartproject posted: “Sandra Ross of Gympie Regional Gallery > introduces Jill Sampson to talk about Bimblebox 153 Birds, photo Jennifer > Eurell. Bimblebox 153 Birds is currently installed at the Gympie Regional > Gallery from 9 August – 3 September The official opening was on Sat” >

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